Hungary 1870-GYF forint
This specimen was lot 1468 in Stephen Album sale 27 (Santa Rosa, CA, January 2017), where it sold for $616.87. The catalog description noted, "HUNGARY: Franz Josef I, 1848-1916, AR forint, 1870-GYF. Karlsburg Mint issue, nice old tone, rare two-year type, About Unc, R." This type was issued for Hungary 1870-79 from the Kremnitz (Komoczbanya in Magyar) mint and 1870-71 from the Karlsburg (Gyulafehervar in Magyar) mint during the reign of Emperor Francis Joseph of Austria-Hungary. The denomination was struck 1868-92 to match the Austrian florin. Most dates are common. After the reorganization of the Hapsburg empire into the Dual Monarchy in 1867, Hungary received her own coinage separate from Austrian issues. In the aftermath of World War One, the Hapsburg monarchy collapsed and Hungary became independent but without its former territories in Slovakia, Transylvania and Croatia.
Recorded mintage: 567,922 plus 1,253,687 from Kremnitz.
Specification: 12.34 g, .900 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM-453.2.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Album, Stephen, Joseph Lang, Paul Montz, Michael Barry and Norman Douglas Nicol, Auction 27, featuring the Dr. Paul Stevens Collection of Indian Coins, Part VI, Santa Rosa, CA: Stephen Album Rare Coins, Inc., 2016.